The Koutoubia Mosque (Arabic: جامع الكتبية) is the largest mosque in Marrakech, Morocco. The minaret was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184-1199) and was used as model for the Giralda of Seville then for the Hassan Tower of Rabat.
The name is derived from the Arabic al-Koutoubiyyin for librarian, since it used to be surrounded by sellers of manuscripts. It is considered the ultimate structure of its kind. The tower is 69 m (221 ft) in height and has a lateral length of 12.8 m (41 ft). Six rooms (one above the other) constitute the interior; leading around them is a ramp by way of which the muezzin could ride up to the balcony. It is built in a traditional Almohad style and the tower is adorned with four copper globes.
According to legend, they were originally made of pure gold, and there were once supposed to have been only three. The fourth was donated by the wife of Yacoub el-Mansour as compensation for her failure to keep the fast for one day during the month of Ramadan. She had her golden jewelry melted down to fashion the fourth globe.
The minaret of the Koutoubia was the model for the minaret of the Giralda mosque in Seville which in its turn has influenced thousands of church towers in Spain and Eastern Europe (e.g. the churches on the red square in Moscow), and later for many buildings throughout the United States of America (including the Manhattan Municipal Building and Russia (especially during the Stalinist era).
PS: Capture scanned from paper image...
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francio64 (38264) 2011-01-09 5:18
ottimo taglio verticale per questa immagine ben costruita.
20 anni di foto il cui risultato qualitativo sembra buono nonostante la scansione.
janusz2054 (2) 2011-01-09 5:24
Great picture of this lovely minaret.
Another wonderful image from Morocco
Very nice light management.
korbee (6615) 2011-01-09 6:28
Dear Manuel I love this photo because it is all very simple,it doesnt need a long story,because we cam use our own fantasies.
I think this could be the front ot the back cover a good .
The frame is a bit too heavy(the text)and dominant,but yes....that a matter of personal tast ;].
All the best for you and your family in 2011.
raszid62 (18583) 2011-01-09 7:34
Impresionante minarete y un interesante camino que conduce a él, rodeado de pared roja. Excelente composición vertical. Hermosos colores.
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-01-09 7:46
bonita perspectiva con la Koutoubia al fondo.
Buen encuadre y buen trabajo de escaneado por tratarse de una copia papel de 1991.
Un saludo, Carlos
ikeharel (52411) 2011-01-09 9:27
Great scan job managed here, Manuel.
Excelent colors collected with fine contrast and depth.
The tower is prominantely stands overlooking the town, and the man on bike scale the image.
csabagaba (6554) 2011-01-10 2:14
I am glad that the mosque in 1991, has also been, and since then nothing has changed :-) I was in Marrakech last November and was just enough to change that just rained and the lighting was very bad.
More seriously, the picture is interesting because it made a point of view, which - I think - sees few tourists. I admit, I did not have any of this, at least I do not remember. The colors, the mood changed. The change is that - as others say - now, the country is much safer, but also partly lost as intact as well. I do not know to judge right now because I was there first.
PS: The scanning is perfect.
cornejo (28111) 2011-01-10 13:02
Saludos Manu, muy bonita foto, casi la misma imagen se podria tomar en muchos sitios de aquí. Muy buen trabajo, felicitaciones, buena semana, un abrazo.
baddori (19157) 2011-01-15 12:22
E poi per essere una foto datata bella verticale e profondità